Shape shape Sewing clothing patterns to wear multiple ways

Natsuno Hiraiwa

Book - 2012

Presents sewing patterns for minimalist women's tops, skirts, and bags that can be worn in numerous ways, featuring such designs as a reversible skirt, two way tote, and free-style stole.

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Subjects
Published
Loveland, CO : Interweave Press 2012.
Language
English
Japanese
Item Description
"Translated by Atsuko Imanishi"--T.p. verso.
Physical Description
111 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm. + 2 sheets of patterns in pocket
ISBN
9781596683556
1596683554
Main Author
Natsuno Hiraiwa (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Having studied fashion design in Paris, Japanese designer Hiraiwa turns her attention to wearable, ultimately customizable women's clothing. Hers is a look reminiscent of Issey Miyake and Yohji Yamamoto—almost severe in line, celebrating architectural nonsymmetry, and using rich yet down-to-earth textiles. The 19 products depicted here are showcased upfront in color, with page references to instructions later in the book and occasional notes about how to wear a certain item (e.g., a two-way stole). Assuming that her readers have more than a passing acquaintance with sewing machines, Hiraiwa offers materials lists, cutting notes, and sewing tips. Construction steps are accompanied by detailed instructions (full-size patterns are attached to the back cover). Sewing difficulty is not indicated. First-timers or novices should choose the reversible faux collar or spiral scarves before turning to, say, the sleeveless scarf blouse. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Another Japanese import from Interweave, this small volume is as carefully styled and designed as readers have come to expect from the publishing company. The book is really a capsule collection from designer Hiraiwa, complete with a pattern packet in the back pocket so they can sew the drape-y Eileen Fisher-esque styles included. From draw-string low-waist pants to a Two-Way Stole so complex that photos show how to put it on, there are 20 designs, made up in mostly solid linens. For those who love this aesthetic, a combination of the minimal and artsy, the book is a must-buy, but a few caveats: while there are numerous diagrams to show how to sew up the projects, they are tiny and packed with numbers (both metric and American measurements). Also, the designs are clearly sized for the typical Japanese woman, smaller than Americans (bust sizes range from 32 inches to 36 inches), and no basic sewing instructions are included. This isn't for new sewists, but it's a lovely, cohesive set of patterns. Color photos. (Feb.) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC

Review by PW Annex Reviews

Another Japanese import from Interweave, this small volume is as carefully styled and designed as readers have come to expect from the publishing company. The book is really a capsule collection from designer Hiraiwa, complete with a pattern packet in the back pocket so they can sew the drape-y Eileen Fisher-esque styles included. From draw-string low-waist pants to a Two-Way Stole so complex that photos show how to put it on, there are 20 designs, made up in mostly solid linens. For those who love this aesthetic, a combination of the minimal and artsy, the book is a must-buy, but a few caveats: while there are numerous diagrams to show how to sew up the projects, they are tiny and packed with numbers (both metric and American measurements). Also, the designs are clearly sized for the typical Japanese woman, smaller than Americans (bust sizes range from 32 inches to 36 inches), and no basic sewing instructions are included. This isn't for new sewists, but it's a lovely, cohesive set of patterns. Color photos. (Feb.) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Presents sewing patterns for minimalist women's tops, skirts, and bags that can be worn in numerous ways, featuring such designs as a reversible skirt, two way tote, and free-style stole.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

From graphic designer–turned–fashion designer Natsuno Hiraiwa comes Shape Shape, an ingenious collection of signature vests, collars, blouses, tops, skirts, and shrugs that can all be worn in a variety of ways and that are created for sewists of all skill levels. Designs feature draping and fastening fabric cut from single flat cloth, artfully twisting fabric, and folding fabric in origami-like fashion.You'll find unique construction guidance, one-of-a-kind garments that are fit for all ages, as well as a pattern insert.Shape Shape offers everything you need to sew minimally constructed designs with maximum visual impact.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

From graphic designer?turned?fashion designer Natsuno Hiraiwa comes Shape Shape, an ingenious collection of signature vests, collars, blouses, tops, skirts, and shrugs that can all be worn in a variety of ways and that are created for sewists of all skill levels. Designs feature draping and fastening fabric cut from single flat cloth, artfully twisting fabric, and folding fabric in origami-like fashion.You’ll find unique construction guidance, one-of-a-kind garments that are fit for all ages, as well as a pattern insert. Shape Shape offers everything you need to sew minimally constructed designs with maximum visual impact.